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Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War (tags)

For the 15th year marking International Women’s Day in Southern California, on March 8th a warm and sunny Saturday, a mixed race and enthusiastic crowd of approximately 450 women, men, quite a lot of young people, and lots of children gathered for a free concert and speakout at the MacArthur Park Band Shell in Los Angeles.

RENT may not be Controlled in LA City soon...watch out ! (tags)

Rent Control may be diluted and rents increased if CC Parks get's his strange way. He often acts as a dissenter but this time [maybe again] it is AGAINST the Renters of his city of LA. Ex-police chief wants to gouge renters so they pay for landowners' expenses for earthquake prevention, that should already be paid thru yearly Rental Increases every single year, regardless of individual improvements made on apartments. UNIFY and LEARN MORE to not allow this proposal to City Council to gain any momentum. [and see other good article w/info here @ Indy that lists City Council members' contact info to immediately start ACTING IN ALL OUR city residents' behalf. NOW !

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Supports Hundreds of Residents (tags)

CONCERNED VALLEY RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO SEEK ALTERNATE SITE FOR FIRESTATION 39

CITIZENS TO PICKET WEHO CITY COUNCIL (tags)

CITIZENS TO PICKET COUNCIL MEETING TO STOP WEST HOLLYWOOD FROM DEMOLISHING A NATIONAL HISTORIC BUILDING

All Nighter in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles California (tags)

August 17 was a hot Saturday. North East Radical Neighbors for Peace through Justice (NELA Rad) set up their weekly protest, at Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards, at 2pm. They set out their signs, the standards: Pledge of Allegiance to the Earth, Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires, and Peace is not simply the Absence of Violence... to name a few. Smartly, they set up a shade awning, and broke out snacks, water bottles, a table and chairs. While this group usually addresses what they refer to as “Peace through Justice, and all the related issues,” this weekend they were focused on “Global Warming, and all the related issues.”

LA Code 41.18 (d); Policing Our Way Out of Homelessness (tags)

The L.A. Municipal Code 41.18 (d) remains an easy way for police to criminalize homeless individuals and make their lives more difficult than they already are, resulting in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court to rule in their "Jones vs. City of L.A." case that this code violates the U.S. Constitution's 8th Amendment (No cruel and unusual punishment). Certain officers issue citations to people arbitrarily without providing ANY time for individuals to comply.

LA Election Results Commentary (tags)

nobody says nothing

14TH ANNUAL INT'L WOMEN’S DAY EVENT Women Surviving Globally, Surviving in SoCal (tags)

Rally at Downtown Jail.... March to the LAST BOOKSTORE.... Teach In.... under the banner Invest in Life and Welfare, Not War and Prisons!

CNN, Do You See Us Now? (tags)

Protest and educational outreach continues in Canada, the U.S., and other countries concerning pending bills and projects that would be a major assault both on indigenous people and the environment. In Canada, Bill C-45 would unilaterally alter treaties with First Nations people, drastically effect lands and waterways on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, and reduce jobs for all Canadians. In the U.S., the proposed XL pipeline would have devastating effects on aquifers and wetlands if there was ever a leak. The Indigenous movement, Idle No More, now several months old, has been ignored by the mainstream media.

Bob Barker Spearheads New Campaign on Elephant Rides as LA City Considers Ban (tags)

Bob Barker assists ADI in their nationwide initiative to ban the use of elephants for entertainment through a new documentary, "No Fun For Elephants."

Olympian John Carlos Comes to L.A. City Council District 9 (tags)

A good speech about reality and why it's critical to continue the struggle despite challenges.

DONT ban, SAVE plastic bagees please ! (tags)

LA City is being lobbied to Ban our useful plastic bags for secret reasons not stated. Public meetings are barely made available to comment, pro or con. We are being hoodwinked by paid consultants and those who have unrevealed gains by pushing us into paying MORE for our recycled-daily-use-plastic-bags. Stop the secrecy and the manipulation of the People of LA now !

South Central Activist Runs for City Council; Tells Radical Life Story (tags)

Ron Gochez: Life Story of a City Council Candidate from South Central, High School Teacher, and Community Organizer born to an undocumented mother who fled civil war in El Salvador. 33 Minutes Audio/Photography

Robert D. Skeels applauds Eric Garcetti's Efforts to Save The NVOC-Aviation Center (tags)

LAUSD Candidate Robert D. Skeels commends Los Angeles Mayor Candidate Eric Garcetti for standing up to Supt. John Deasy and Pres. Mónica García's cuts.

MTA LOCKS OUT many with tap robotized machines and Inadequate Tools for LA PUBLIC rail use (tags)

Tap machines set by MTA in rail stations have confusing & frustrating too little info and options. Sr. rates not shown or flick off, Tap card only good for 1 day, has fixed $$$ amts to add fares, LACK OF any real ASSISTANCE or clarity in how to use them plastic cards - so have we turned into robotized plastic obedients who overpay, cant communicate with metal machines, and are Tapped OUT of metro-rail use ? NOT in big LA, but it is ! Someone fix it quick or we'll be locked out of our humanity and intelligent responsiveness and responsibilities too. Tap cards are not a helpful solution required to transport in LA - MTA listen up ! .... but have they ever ?

Chalking & the Disruption of Business as Usual in DTLA: (tags)

Chalking & the Disruption of Business as Usual in DTLA: It has never been about the sidewalk chalk on the sidewalks, that's a simplified interpretation of a more sinister picture.

Eric Garcetti Allows Destruction of 40 Protected Trees (tags)

Over the strong objection of constituents, Eric Garcetti (district 13) approved a rezoning of land, part of a wildlife corridor in Echo Park-Elysian Park, from three to 15 houses and gave developers special permission to cut down 40 protected trees. Garcetti's environmental legacy also includes siding with developer Ralph Horowitz and Councilwoman Jan Perry regarding the South Central Farm. Twenty years ago, another pro-development Councilmember, Michael Woo, ran for Mayor--as Garcetti is now doing--but was opposed by a formidable group called Citizens for Anyone but Woo. Hopefully 2012/2013 will see Anyone but Garcetti.

Tony, It's Just Chalk (tags)

Unless the Mayor stops it, Occupy Los Angeles is going to get beat down by Chief Charlie's demons on Thursday for writing with chalk on the sidewalks, all at taxpayer expense, all because Occupy Los Angeles spurned the Democrats who run the city.

A Letter to the Residents of Anaheim (tags)

With the kind permssion of the residents of Anaheim, I would like to protest your police today.

Arrests & Terror at #626Wilshire (tags)

State violence is increasing as Angelenos lay siege to the perfect villain. (Link to full story w/ links & pictures at bottom)

San Pedro: Science Center Endangered/Tongva Village Site Revitalization (tags)

Jacob Gutierrez, a Tongva, is trying to preserve two valuable Indigenous and environmental areas in San Pedro.

Venice Boardwalk Bathrooms yuk !! (tags)

Boardwalk Bathrooms -a shame for any city called Venice Having gone to Boardwalk this weekend, we were confronted with just how disgusting the bathrooms and their lack of availability actually is and has been for a while. It's Very UNSANITARY !

Rosendahl’s Legacy: Gentrification and Sweeping the Homeless Out of Venice? (tags)

Allegedly Progressive and openly Gay Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl may go down in history as the most divisive leader Venice has ever had by continuously organizing with and siding with people who hate the poor and homeless people of Venice.

Owens Lake Reminders for SNWA Pipeline’s Water Grab from Northern Aquifers (tags)

The recent decision by the NV State Engineer to support the SNWA's proposed pipeline follows the same tactics used by San Fernando Valley developers who removed water from Owens Lake and Valley by using deception and purchasing land and favors from government officials.

Venice Boardwalk has cleaned out commercial vendors ! (tags)

Take a walk down the Venice Boardwalk and be surprised ! the re-sale cheap commercial merchandise is not long proliferating and crowding the area with hawkers and flea-market-junk being the main things there. Now all sorts of art and artists are the west-sidewalk displays. What a change !

Press Release for Monday Occupy Meeting with Wells Fargo Execs (3-5:30pm) (tags)

WHO: Occupy Activists in LA, Wells Fargo Executives, and Community Leaders WHAT: An unprecedented meeting between Bankers and Occupy Protesters WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2012 from 3pm-5pm; Press Conference at 5:30pm WHERE: Center of Nonprofit Management at California Endowment Building 1000 N. Alameda, L.A.

San Diego Queer Democrats Reject Progressive, Endorse Moderate for Congress (tags)

The San Diego Democrats for Equality, a predominantly Queer Democratic party club, decisively rejected the Congressional candidacy of progressive former Assemblymember Lori Saldaña at its regular meeting January 26. Instead they endorsed moderate Scott Peters on the ground that he'd be a better "fit" for the district, could raise more money and would have a better shot at unseating Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray.

Urgent LA City Council Vote 12/6/11 (tags)

LA City Council to vote on Resolution calling for End Of Corporate Personhood 12/6/11.

Report Back: City Council Unanimously Supports “Turning Land into Cash” (tags)

Various people said that Jan Perry was using the ancient "divide and conquer" strategy and that she succeeded in dividing the community in and around 41st and Alameda. Both Perry and Eric Garcetti (District 13), who presided over the meeting, are planning to run for mayor. It seems unlikely that LA will have a decent mayor within our lifetimes, but a Mayor Perry or a Mayor Garcetti would be one more major injustice.

Editorial: Jan Perry's Latest Offensive Against the South Central Farm Land (41st & Alameda) (tags)

Tomorrow morning, October 15, City Council is scheduled to vote on Jan Perry's proposal that would release developer Ralph Horowitz of the 2.6-acre green space requirement and make it easier for him to sell the property. And so the future of the 14-acre plot of land, at 41st and Alameda is once again under dispute. Previously the site of the famous South Central Farm, once known as the largest urban farm in the country, if the not world, the land has become the most disputed plot of real-estate in the city. (At the time of its demolition circa 2006, there was a massive community mobilization to save it, and the goal of the farmers to reclaim the land has not died.)

When Goliath Wins: The Triumph of Redevelopment in Los Angeles (tags)

On Tuesday at 8:00 a.m., the South Central Farmers, their supporters, and the residents of the Central-Alameda neighborhood will confront the Los Angeles City Council in its chambers one more time to try to save the Farm and save the neighborhood. in the unlikely event they succeed, they might save the City.

Update - Riverside Occupy encampment broken broken up (tags)

This is an update of an earlier e-mail.

OccupyLA Still Here, and Coming Soon to a Hood Near You (tags)

In spite of some people's best efforts, OccupyLA has managed to re-create all the ills of the society we purport to change, right down to the do-gooders who want to tweak our system to make the problems less visible.

Jan Perry's Attempt to Remove Green Space Requirement Gains Steam (tags)

After 90+ minutes of open discussion, City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved Councilwoman Jan Perry's proposal and made the announcement quickly and quietly. Perry was not present herself but filled the room with residents of the low-income housing project Pueblo Del Rio (who were bused in and treated to a free lunch) and employees of PIMA, the company which hopes to develop the entire property. The measure will now be reintroduced to the full City Council, probably in mid-November. The South Central Farm is calling on Angelinos to contact their City Council members (contact info. at the bottom of this article).

SCF to Occupy LA City Hall (tags)

Farmers Join with Central–Alameda Residents and OccupyLA To Halt Sale of Last Piece of Urban Farm

Venice Boardwalk new ordinances NEED your feedback too ! (tags)

LA City Parks Dept had a meeting to draft or discuss a new ordinance about changing the crass commercial junk being sold on Venice Beach. But who could find out where or when the meeting was held ? Could it be intentional that the outreach was limited or non existent even to those who WANTED to attend, to comment, to question their tax-paid decision-makers?

Fullerton City Council Votes to Develop Coyote Hills (tags)

Fullerton City Council votes (under fear of lawsuit by Chevron?) to allow Chevron to develop West Coyote Hills with more suburban sprawl. However, the last bit of ecosystem in northern Orange County can still be saved, Friends of Coyote Hills have a referendum to oppose the city council vote and needs your signature!

Venice Boardwalk ordinance draft looks like it's going to fail it's duties (tags)

Venice Boardwalk has been a big loss to the City- how it is seen by Los Angeles' tourist crowds, and to LA's own image as an artistic or art-supportive environment. Commercial vending of cheap re-sale-mdse. bought at any local wholesaler while using City sidewalk free spaces ruins any art scene. City Council doing a draft that looks bad so far.

Farmers Fighting for South Central Again (tags)

The Farmers defend the last vestige of the Farm against City and development. Join them Thursday morning, 8:00 a.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Santa Barbara's War on the Poor: Report from the Front (tags)

Activist/ rights advocate crusades against "obstructionism" and Republican chicanery as Santa Barbara City attempt to disrupt County's South Coast Homeless Advisory Committee.

Controversy Comes to Villa Park (tags)

Protesters demonstrate against Anti-Muslim statements made by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly.

Costa Mesa Employee Commits Suicide at City Hall (tags)

OC Voice reports that a just-laid-off worker has commited suicde.

Assemblymember Atkins Warns Queer Democrats on State Budget Cuts (tags)

California State Assemblymember Toni Atkins spoke to the predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club February 24 and warned of two approaching deadlines coming up in the state legislature's budget deliberations: March 6, the ending of the special budget session called by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and March 10, the last day the legislature can vote to call a special election to extend the current state sales tax rates and vehicle licensing fees so that current Governor Jerry Brown's budget, which calls for $12.5 billion in spending cuts, can be enacted. Without that — and so far the Republican minority in the legislature has held firm to block any vote on the tax issue, which requires support from 2/3 of both houses of the legislature even to make it to the ballot — Brown and the Democratic majority will have to make $12.5 billion more in spending cuts, which will virtually end California state spending on health and welfare and eviscerate the state's already underfunded education system.

Tenants Deliver Valentine’s Day Message to Councilmember Wesson (tags)

Members of the L.A. Right to Housing Collective deliver valentine to Herb Wesson and demand that he move forward with the community's recommendations to reform rent control.

Press Conference: LAPD Christmas Checkpoints/Neighborhood Council Resolution (tags)

PRESS CONFERENCE: Neighborhood Council and Southern California Immigration Coalition to denounce the Los Angeles Police Department and Mayor Villaraigosa for stealing cars from Immigrants; especially during Christmas

Get Out the Vote for Stephen Whitburn! (tags)

Openly Gay County Supervisor candidate Stephen Whitburn made an impassioned plea for help in the last five days before the election at the October 28 meeting of the predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club, of which he used to be president. Whitburn talked about the barrage of nasty hit-mail pieces Republican campaign groups are sending out against him at the last minute but also said that's an indication that they don't have a grass-roots campaign. Whitburn is seeking to become the first Democrat to serve on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 16 years.

Aguirre, Frye Debate San Diego's Prop. D at Queer Democratic Club (tags)

The campaign over Proposition D — an attempt to raise the sales tax in San Diego one-half cent to avoid draconian cuts in police, fire and other city services — has made strange bedfellows. Former city attorney Mike Aguirre, an otherwise progressive Democrat, has made common cause with Right-wing talk radio hosts and anti-tax zealots in opposing the measure. He and progressive City Councilmember Donna Frye debated Prop. D at the September 23 meeting of the predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club — which overwhelmingly voted to endorse the measure.

VENICE BOARDWALK OCEAN FRONT WALK Task Force Meeting 10/6/10 (tags)

this 1x/month meeting facilitated by LA City Council is a place for sharing information...or contentious arguments..

Lawless Spying in America to Obstruct First Amendment Freedoms (tags)

lawless spying

Pride Rally Reveals Queer Community’s Divisions Over Obama (tags)

The July 16 San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender pride rally, which opened the city's weekend of Pride events, revealed the deep-seated divisions within the Queer community over President Obama and the proper way of organizing. Stuart Milk, nephew of Queer martyr Harvey Milk, said he'd attended a meeting at the White House at which Obama endorsed virtually the entire agenda of the Queer rights movement — but Fresno-based activist Robin McGehee said that doesn't matter. McGehee and San Diego Transgender activist Autumn Sandeen, who joined together for a direct-action campaign against the White House over Obama's failure to seek repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that keeps openly Queer people from serving in the U.S. military, said that the Queer community should use nonviolent civil disobedience to confront Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate majority leader Harry Reid and other Democratic politicians who aren't delivering on their promises to the Queer community.

Costa Mesa action against the "Rule of Law" (tags)

June 15, 2010 — The City of Costa Mesa passed a resolution labeling itself a "Rule of Law City" against the undocumented immigrants! Costa Mesa has declared war on our community! The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has provided the city an ICE agent in their local jail to deport anyone without the "proper documentation". How can we help the police if we don't trust them? Our families will be torn apart and we cannot let that happen! The city has no jurisdiction on laws related to immigration, but yet the City Council has made of its city a smaller version of Arizona with the same harmful consequences on the people of Costa Mesa! *** This protest was organized by the people of Costa Mesa***

LA Housing and Community Activists Protest Eric Garcetti (tags)

June 17th march and protest about the LA rent freeze.

The People Against The "Rule of Law" Of Costa Mesa City! (tags)

The City of Costa Mesa passed a resolution labeling itself a "Rule of Law City" against the undocumented immigrants! Costa Mesa has declared war on our community!

Keep Venice Streets Free for All (tags)

Prevent Venice parking permit and vehicle height restrictions proposed implementation on public streets. Keep Venice free for all members of our community. Current settlement of anti-homeless group does not represent the majority of Venice. Venice is love. Love is free. Keep Venice Free.

Santa Barbara Residents to Protest Anti-Immigrant Arizona Law (tags)

Protesters will be demanding that the local city council take action by divesting from Arizona. Several will conduct a peaceful Civil Disobedience

Los Angeles Right to Housing Collective Fights for Tenant Rights (tags)

City Council made tenants wait over five hours before declining to vote on a moratorium against rent increases.When tenants voiced their anger, frustration and disappointment by chanting loudly in Council Chambers, Acting President Dennis Zine ordered Los Angeles Police Department to remove tenants from council. About 30 LAPD officers began roughly forcing tenants out of Council chambers.

BREAKING: (3:25pm 5/21/10) Protesters halt LA City Council proceedings (tags)

Protesters forced the LA City Council into recess for about 15 minutes. Councilman Zine ordered the police to clear the chamber. Then the live feed was cut.

City Council to Look At Weak Moratorium to Prevent Rent Increase (tags)

It's good something was decided, but the moratorium will not cover much LA rental housing.

Queer Democrats Oppose Strong-Mayor Proposition (tags)

The predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club overwhelmingly opposed continuing San Diego's experiment with strong-mayor government. At their April 22 meeting they voted to oppose Proposition D on the June 8 ballot, which would make strong-mayor permanent, add a ninth seat to the City Councll and raise the threshold to override a mayoral veto of a Council action from a simple majority to two-thirds. City Councilmember Donna Frye led the debate against strong-mayor; having served under both strong-mayor and San Diego's previous city-manager system, she said it's been harder for her as a Councilmember to hold the mayor accountable and get information she needs to make responsible decisions, to the point where she's had to sue the city, or threaten to, to get needed data from the mayor's office.

Find your own NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (tags)

The short arms of the LA City Council are the 90 local Neighborhood Councils. Here are 2 on the westside. Find your own and get involved in any way you want. Now.

Over 50 Attend Whitburn Fundraiser in Hillcrest March 28 (tags)

Stephen Whitburn, openly Gay candidate for the Fourth Supervisorial District in San Diego County, held a fundraiser for his campaign Sunday, March 28 at the Bamboo Lounge in Hillcrest. Despite vicious attacks from supposedly “progressive” media outlets in both the straight and Queer communities, the event was a success, drawing more than 50 people who roared their support for Whitburn's opposition to the proposed Merriam Mountains development — a plan to blast off the tops of mountains to build houses on them — and the practice of Supervisors to accept gifts from individuals, organizations and corporations who directly benefit from the Board's decisions.

Mothers March & Speak Out (tags)

On Saturday, March 13, about 150 mothers, grandmothers, women who are not mothers, children, and men, came out for the Mothers March and Speak Out in Los Angeles. This was an International Women’s Day event called by the Global Women’s Strike and Women of Color/GWS.

Queer Democrats Split on 79th Assembly District Race (tags)

The predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club revealed itself dramatically split in the Democratic primary race for the 79th Assembly District. City Council president Ben Hueso is running a classic “insider” campaign, relying on major endorsements and fundraising clout. His principal challenger, Sweetwater Union High School District board member Pearl Quiñones, is seeking the office in a progressive grass-roots campaign in the tradition of Assemblymember Lori Saldaña (who endorses her) and City Councilmember Donna Frye. The club was unable to reach the 60 percent threshold needed for an endorsement, and ultimately voted to rate both candidates “acceptable.”

Pomona anti-checkpoint action (tags)

Students and community members take direct action to negate the racist anti-immigrant police checkpoints in Pomona.

Mayor Villaraigosa accepts bribes for jobs (tags)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Ed Boks as the Director of Animal Services even though Boks had been fired from his two previous jobs for poor performance. After many, many mistakes and costly lawsuits the Mayor continued to stand by his appointment. Ultimately City Council made a motion of "no confidence" in Ed Boks' leadership in 2009 and demanded that he be fired. Finally Boks was forced to resign. Why did the Mayor appoint Ed Boks, a man with no college education and a bad track record? It seems a local billionaire offered Villaraigosa $10,000,000 if he would hire Boks, and the Mayor accepted.

Settlement Puts an End to Controversial Elephant Hill Development in Los Angeles (tags)

Settlement between City of LA and Monterey Hills Investors LLC puts an end to the controversial residential development of 24 luxury homes on Elephant Hill in the community of El Sereno in Los Angeles.

Queer Democrats Endorse Alvarez, Wayne for City Council (tags)

The predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club took two different tacks in its endorsements in City Council races at its regular meeting October 22. In District 6 they endorsed veteran politician Howard Wayne over Steve Hadley, chief of staff to incumbent Councilmember Donna Frye. In District 8 they endorsed the grass-roots Latino candidate, David Alvarez, over two better connected candidates from established local Latino political families: Felipe Hueso, older brother of incumbent Councilmember Ben Hueso; and Nick Inzunza, uncle of former Councilmember Ralph Inzunza.

Long Beach Colation Sues City of Long Beach (tags)

On Friday, August 21, the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community filed suit against the City of Long Beach claiming the development of the 125-room Hotel Sierra at the Pike needs a new Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to assess the possible impact the hotel development will have on the environment and local communities. “A few weeks ago, we spoke to City Council about this project with regard to the environmental, social, and economic impacts on our community. In response, a majority of the Council voted to postpone the vote to provide an opportunity for the community to voice its support for responsible development,” said CSULB Sociology Professor Gary Hytrek and Coalition Steering Committee Member.

Clueless at City Hall: Foreclosures and Tenants (tags)

Ordinances designed to protect tenants when a house enters foreclosure can have ramifications for the property owner, neighbors and taxpayer.

Long Beach City Council postpones vote on Pike Hotel (tags)

Another victory for Hotel workers and Coalition in South Bay! Led by dozens of members of the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community (LBC) who were in the crowd, with their concerns on whether the hotel would provide decent wages for its employees, they told the council to work for workers interests. Urged on by a crowd of hotel worker's-rights supporters, the City Council on Tuesday voted 7-1 to continue for one week a vote that would move a proposed hotel at the Pike one step closer to approval.

June 12th, 2009: South Central Farmers rally at City Hall 8:00 am (tags)

South Central Farmers Return to City Hall! Friday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. Press Conference at City Hall Saturday, June 13, 6:00-11:30 p.m. Reunion at the Farm LOS ANGELES--On Friday June 12, at 8:00 a.m. the South Central Farmers and their supporters will return to City Hall to demand fair and equitable treatment for South Central residents and Farmers in the face of continuing City privileges for developer Ralph Horowitz. The following day, Farmers and Farm supporters will hold a reunion on the third anniversary of the destruction of the Farm for all interested in restoring the South Central Farm.

STOP THE KILLER COP AWARDS! (tags)

LAPD is awarding its highest honor- the Medal of Valor- to 10 SWAT troops who killed 18 month old baby Susie Pena in Watts.

Groups Appeal Elephant Hill Ruling (tags)

In a crucial attempt to protect a densely populated Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, environmental justice advocates and community residents filed an appeal in court on March 3, 2009, seeking to overturn a decision to build luxury homes on a fragile hillside in El Sereno. The development on Elephant Hill would endanger residents and strip the community of its last open space.

Over 500 Turn Out for Marriage Equality Demonstration (tags)

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and his Lesbian daughter Lisa (pictured) led off the San Diego installment of "March Forth on March Fourth," a series of rallies and demonstrations held statewide on the eve of the California Supreme Court's oral hearings on the legal challenges to Proposition 8. Mayor Sanders endorsed same-sex marriage equality last year after deciding he couldn't tell his daughter that her relationship was less important than his.

Pomona's bi-weekly police checkpoints piss off community (tags)

The City of Pomona says they'll do police checkpoints every two weeks. We say we'll be there to protest.

Vote Green! Piera-Avila for Council (tags)

For 3 decades, LINDA PIERA-AVILA has been a passionate environmental, social justice, electoral reform and peace activist. Now she is putting herself on the line and running for Santa Monica City Council to put the public back into public service!

Parks Attacks Community Organizer (tags)

Dirty Bernie Parks is abusing his power to attack a political enemy. It's a low blow, but, not unexpected.

San Diego Queer Democrats Endorse Beach Booze Ban (tags)

The predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club voted September 25 to endorse Proposition 4 on the November 4 ballot in the city of San Diego, which would make the temporary ban on alcohol consumption at city beaches permanent. Opponents have argued that the ban is an attack on individual freedom, but the club rejected that argument and instead supported beach-area residents who say the ban has improved their quality of life.

South Central Farmers Demand Ethics Investigation of Local Officials (tags)

Citing an apparent conflict of interest, the South Central Farmers are demanding that California's State Attorney General investigate the sale of the site of the South Central Farm by Los Angeles city officials to local developer Ralph Horowitz for a trucking center for women's clothing manufacturer and retailer Forever 21.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL FARM (tags)

South Central Farmers, community members, and progressive organizations call for shutting down the "h" Horowitz Warehouse in South Central Los Angeles

Saving the South Central Farm: Listening to the Land (tags)

To many, it looked like the Struggle to Save the South Central Farm was defeated, a dream buried beneath the treads of the bulldozers that plowed the Farm under following the brutal invasion of an army of LA County Sheriffs crushed the resistor's encampment, turning the land from a liberated zone into an oppressive, occupied one. But all that could change. Here's why, and how you can help make it change.

Baldwin Park and its Agents of Gentrification, Mayor Lozano and Lover Sergio Corona (tags)

Baldinwin Park and its Agents of Gentrification. Mayor Lozano and his "Lover" Sergio Corona on the edge gentrifying and taking 125 Acres of Land for their sponsor, Bisno Developer.

IneQuality of Life and the Butt End of the City Budget (tags)

Mayor increases police state with the 2008-2009 Los Angeles City Budget and reduces human state.

HOLY MOSES, BATMAN, THERE GOES THE AMERICAN PIE! (tags)

Yesterday, April 9, 2008, thirteen (13) City Council members voted to amend LAMC 42.15 that regulates Venice Boardwalk. Noticeably missing from the text of the new ordinance were the words "FREE SPEECH ZONE". What does that mean to US?

BALDWIN PARK HOMEOWNERS TO PROTEST STEALTH OUTREACH EFFORTS TO GAIN SUPPORT FROM LOCAL COM (tags)

Home and Business Owners to protest at wine tasting event hosted by Century City based Bisno Development. Residents are concerned by the public comments made by Councilwoman Marlen Garcia who stated at the Council meeting of September 19, 2007, that anyone who was not in agreement could “go to TJ (Tijuana).” Councilman Anthony Bejarano, when asked at the same meeting where the current occupants of the area would go, he replied “they can go to East Los Angeles."

Los Angeles Becomes The Largest City in the Country to oppose the Iraq War (tags)

End The War LA, Code Pink, Iraq Veterans Against the War and others, call for a mass convergence at city hall at 9:15AM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH at Los Angeles City hall to put pressure on our elected officials to pass an historic anti-war resolution.

Simi Valley Mayor asks DHS head Chertoff to Raid Sanctuary Church - Oxnard Responds (tags)

March in defense of human rights, in response to the raids carried out on a scale meant to terrorize the workers and immigrants of Southern California. On Tuesday, 1,300 people were detained and in many cases torn from their childrens' arms.

Judge drops charges against SoCal immigration rights (tags)

The city's charges against an immigration rights activist alleging he disrupted a city council meeting were dismissed Monday after a judge found that an attorney representing Costa Mesa was not a public prosecutor.

OC Superior Court Judge dismisses criminal case against Coyotl Tezcatlipoca (tags)

Judge throws out case because Costa Mesa’s city attorney never took an oath as a public prosecutor; civil rights case still pending.

Judge dismisses case against Coyotl Tezcatlipoca (tags)

Costa Mesa's case against Benito Acosta for disrupting a City Council meeting has been dismissed

Talking Impeachment to Los Angeles City Council (tags)

LANIC (Los Angeles National Impeachment Center) & PDLA (Progressive Dems of LA) strike again @ High Noon in Los Angeles. On Aug 17th a contingent of approximately 45 concerned citizens of LA went to the Los Angeles City Hall.

Friday 8/17 L.A. City Council to Address Resolution to Impeach Bush and Cheney (tags)

Bill Rosendahl of the city council has proposed a resolution calling for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Activists plan attend to demonstrate support for impeachment.

LA City Council to Consider Bush Impeachment Resolution this Friday (tags)

A rally at the L.A. city council will take place this Friday, August 17th, at 9:30 a.m. at L. A. City Hall near Temple & Main downtown. The council could pass a resolution to impeach Bush and Cheney if we show support.

Attorney requests delay for Acosta case (tags)

They're trying to criminalize Mr. Acosta's speech," said Belinda Escobosa Helzer, an ACLU attorney representing him. "It's very unusual that they would decide to bring criminal charges for a person exercising their 1st Amendment right at an open City Council meeting."

The Daily Pilot (tags)

"They're trying to criminalize Mr. Acosta's speech," said Belinda Escobosa Helzer, an ACLU attorney representing him. "It's very unusual that they would decide to bring criminal charges for a person exercising their 1st Amendment right at an open City Council meeting."

CRIMINAL TRIAL FOR COSTA MESA ACTIVIST (tags)

Reposted from LAAMN list

High Turnout for "Red Hill" Screening (tags)

"Echo Park became known as Red Hill (as well as Red Gulch, Mt. Moscow, and Lenin’s Hill) in the 1940s because of the large concentration of activists, including communists."

Video: Santa Monica Impeachment Rally, June 19 (tags)

A growing coalition of Los Angeles Peace Groups including the Green Party of Caifornia and Progressive Democrats came together on June 19, 2007 to call on the Santa Monica City Council to pass an impeachment resolution. Over 90 people participated in the pro-Impeachment rally.

LA City Council Honors Ferd Eggan (tags)

You are invited to join the Los Angeles City Council in honoring HIV/AIDS Prevention Leader, Ferd Eggan.

LA City Council reaffirms Special Order 40 (tags)

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council took a moment to address a "small" matter buried on its agenda. It reaffirmed the City's commitment to Special Order 40.

The South Central Farm: The Struggle Continues (tags)

June 13, 2007: Today is the one-year anniversary of the eviction at the South Central Farm. A reunion was held just outside the now-barren farm space. Throughout the evening, the continued determination to restore the farm was emphasized repeatedly.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SPECIAL TASK FORCE (tags)

An open letter with some thoughts on what the City Council's Special Task Force should consider.

maria elena durazo (lacfl) behind miwon's lapd lies (tags)

maria elena durazo, exec dir of la cty labor fed, is working w/ v-rat to protect bratton. she signed (wrote) miwon's "provacateur" lies.

Thousands Marched and Rallied to Take Back Macarthur Park (tags)

More than 25,000 immigrants and their advocates marched Thursday to take back Macarthur Park after more than two weeks of meetings, hearings, plannings and filing of class action suits against the LAPD. But the supposed to be an indignation rally against the ALPD was turned into a call for legalization for the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants. This came at the heels at the US Senate coming into a compromise for a supposed to be a “comprehensive immigration reform bill that will provide for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States.

25,000 March /Rally Renews Call for Immigrant rights: more than 20,000 Took Back Macarthur (tags)

[Editors' note: this article includes several uncited quotations from today's LA Times article "Park rally renews call for rights." In addition, the claim of 20-25,000 people seems to us to be (unfortunately) wishful thinking. We note that the rally at the church was confined by police to one full city block, and the number of people assembled in the Park before the march arrived was a similar number. We ask all contributors to LA Indymedia to please clearly indicate any and all quotes from other sources, and be realistic in your crowd estimates. Thank you.]

Immigrants and their advocated returned to the streets for the first time since May Day with Latino elected officials in tow, escorted by the LAPD who piggy backed for “public relations” during the march/rally to erase police brutality. More than 25,000 immigrant rights activists marched Thursday to Macarthur Park to again call for a path to citizenship for the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants. The Filipino contingent led by the Pilipino Workers Center and the AJLPP attended by scores of youth activists was very prominent in the march waving Filipino flags and charting MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT! . Waving Mexican, Salvadorian, Honduran, Filipino and American flags and signs reading "No to Deportation," and calling for genuine legalization, about 25,000 marchers gathered about 6 p.m. for a brief rally in front of Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Boulevard before heading to the park several blocks away.

Mayor, Nunez To Join Tonight's Rally: Bratton Plans to Attend (tags)

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez are among those expected to join immigrant-rights activists Thursday for a march and rally to denounce the actions of Los Angeles riot police at a May Day rally at MacArthur Park. Police Chief William Bratton, who will be at the LAPD's assembly area at today's rally, according to his office, told KPCC-FM on Wednesday that Deputy Chief Cayler "Lee" Carter, the ranking officer who was in MacArthur Park during the May 1 melee has decided to retire rather than continue on home duty pending an investigation.

l.a. city news service wire betrays lapd/miwon lie (tags)

city news service wire announcement of council task force public hearing yesterday still contains original lapd version "demonstrators responded by throwing..."

Public Terror: Escalating the War on Migrants (tags)

The mass public assault on the May 1st rally and a public raid on migrants at a shopping mall in Chicago shortly before May 1st mark a brutal and highly public escalation in the ruling class's war on migrants. Increased resistance like the upcoming May 17th march to MacArthur Park is exactly what the situation calls for.

AJLPP CONDEMNS POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST IMMIGRANTS (tags)

The Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace (AJLPP)- National Executive Board vehemently condemns the unprovoked massive police attack by the LAPD/SWAT against the May 1.70,000 immigrants march-rally in Macarthur Park, Los Angeles last night at around 5;30 PM The reactionary forces trying to discourage immigrant rights mobilization that ran to tens of thousands, used 20-30 motorcycled cops to commence fascist attacks on the unsuspecting crowds at the corner of Westlake and Wilshire and at the Alvarado-Wilshire intersection. The police motorcycles ran through the Cuahatemoc dancers hitting even children and senior dancers of the Danza Azteca. This type of dispersal attack was used in Oakland demonstration in 200

AJLPP CONDEMNS POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST IMMIGRANTS: (tags)

The Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace (AJLPP)-Southern California vehemently condemns the unprovoked massive police attack by the LAPD/SWAT against the May 1.70,000 immigrants march-rally in Macarthur Park, Los Angeles last night at around 5;30 PM The reactionary forces trying to discourage immigrant rights mobilization that ran to tens of thousands, used 20-30 motorcycled cops to commence fascist attacks on the unsuspecting crowds at the corner of Westlake and Wilshire and at the Alvarado-Wilshire intersection. The police motorcycles ran through the Cuahatemoc dancers hitting even children and senior dancers of the Danza Azteca. This type of dispersal attack was used in Oakland demonstration in 2003.

Maywood Community Exposes Police and City Corruption (tags)

Maywood, CA -- A prime example of how the police, government officials, and local capitalists are working together in this police state to exploit and oppress our people.

Harassment of South Central Farmers Continues (tags)

Eleven months after local authorities evict the South Central Farmers from the largest urban garden in the United States, harassment by the City continues.

Maywood Community and Putting the Maywood PD on Blast (tags)

In a Maywood City Council Meeting on Tuesday February 27, 2007 a youth whom the police had brutalized and who had missing teeth due to police brutality. His only crime was being witness to his neighbor being beat by cops, and was himself beat after he asked the cops for their badge numbers. He spoke out: "I'm not scared of gang members, I'm scared of the cops, they are the biggest gang."

Villaraigosa Shouted Down at Black History Event By L.A.'s Rising Homeless Protesters (tags)

LA CAN protest rocks "Black History Month" ceremony; in front of pop star Stevie Wonder, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa drowned out by angry homeless advocates protesting racist police attacks against homeless blacks downtown.

Minutemen and Apocalypto at City Hall (tags)

Stop LA City Council Power Grab: Vote NO Measure R (tags)

Stop LA City Council Power Grab: Vote NO Measure R

Stop LA City Council Power Grab: Vote NO Measure R (tags)

Stop LA City Council Power Grab: Vote NO Measure R

The Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime (tags)

The Call that started it all

Rosemead City Council Sneaks Wal-Mart In (tags)

This letter was sent out a few days ago. It shows the contempt the Rosemead City Council has for its residents, to sneak a controversial proposal onto the agenda, after the opponents have left. Authored by Zebra.

Valley Park, PA enacts Joe Turner's/SOS law (tags)

Valley Park, Pensylvannia follows lead on illegal alien law; same law close to passage in several California cities

South Central Farmers and Supporters Back In Action! (tags)

The media and the politicians would have you believe that the struggle of the South Central Farmers has gone and disappeared! We have re-organized and are back on the scene to fight injustice and the lack of consideration for the South Central Farmers by the City of Los Angeles and its Politicians.

L.A. City Council limits Free Speech (repost) (tags)

L.A. City Council To Abide By 'Rules Of Decorum' People addressing the Los Angeles City Council will have to speak their mind without using profanity, being too loud or making offensive comments, according to "rules of decorum" approved Tuesday.

LA City Council flushs First Amendment down the toilet (tags)

Ratcheting up restraints on public comment, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new rules of ''decorum'' designed to squelch offensive and disruptive behavior at council meetings, ranging from foul language and racial slurs to singing, whistling, foot-stamping and other boisterous conduct.

South Central Farmers Respond to Crack Down on Free Speech by Los Angeles City Council (tags)

We should not be under any illusions that we live in an open and democratic society, at least not in the 9th district or South Central Los Angeles. Let us strip away the mythology, the propaganda, and the "decorum". Its tough to survive in South Central Los Angeles, even if you call it something else..

Seeds of Hope, Seeds of War: Race, Class and the Battle for the South Central Farm (Final) (tags)

The world is literally watching. Media worldwide have covered the case of the South Central Farm, the largest urban garden in the United States, the efforts of the city's elites to drive the farmers from the land, and the farmer's remarkable resistance. On June 13th, the County moved to evict, concentrating a massive police presence in the area to uproot the resistor's encampment on the land. The South Central Farm arose from the ashes of the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion, and stands as a symbol of hope to millions. Despite the eviction, the struggle continues, with a court hearing this week challenging the City's sale of the land to a private developer. When the Los Angeles City Council sold the 14 acre plot called the South Central Farm to developer Ralph Horowitz, they sold land they didn’t own.

CM Protest Against Three Little Pigs: Silly, Garbage & Baloney (tags)

The Minuteman Junta that controls the Costa Mesa City Council (Mayor Allan Mansoor, Eric Bever and Gary Monahan) call allegations that they pander to extremists the equivelent of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale and "silly garbage baloney," but local residents who marched through Costa Mesa July 8 feel otherwise.

...Cueste lo que Cueste : South Central Farmers (tags)

Their spirit shall overcome the sadism of the City Council, Jan Perry, and Horowitz.

Jan Perry's Mean Streak (tags)

For the last 3 years Jan Perry has attempted to thumb the South Central Farmers, but it appears that they have really brought out the true nature of the "Shirley Temple Black" of the City Council.

SCFs have won the political dialectic! (tags)

“First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

South Central Farm: Arrest Tally (tags)

Today there City Council further shamed itself. By failing ot act they have become accomplices with Ralph Horowitz. A new Palestine and Israel has been kicked off.

TAKE BACK THE FARM Actions for this weekend June 23-25 (tags)

TAKE BACK THE FARM Actions for this weekend June 23-25

Encampment at South Central Farm Persists Steadily (tags)

Spirits are high South Central Farm. Encampment persists, and strategies in play to win back the farm~

South Central Farm: A community Outreach (tags)

An essay regarding the South Central Farm and how it is helping to ease gang and inter-ethnic tensions. Also addresses the farm's ability to allow the community to interact with Chicano and Mexican culure, despite the fact that the farm is not anywhere near Mexico.

All the Farm Stories (tags)

This is a collection of all the local newswire stories about the SCF, so far.

Plowed Under (tags)

Horowitz Unleashes Sheriff (tags)

South Central Farmers learn bittler lesson of the role of the courts and politicians.

Farmers call for protest @ City Council NOW (tags)

Farmers are calling for supporters to go to today's city council meeting at city to protest the evictions

Delgadillo’s Problems May be Much Bigger Than Deceiving the Public (tags)

LOS ANGELES, June 3, 2006 -- Making multiple false claims to the public about his past and committing perjury in 2001 about his qualification on an application for his present job may just be the tip of a huge iceberg for the LAPD-endorsed Delgadillo.

Hope Springs . . . at the South Central Farm (tags)

Last month, the Trust for Public Land negotiated purchase option with developer Ralph Horowitz that depended on the City coming up with a $5M match for $6M raised by the South Central Farm. Five days ago, the City reneged on the deal. Friday, with three days left, the Farmers and their supporters, ever hopeful, demanded that Mayor Villaraigosa step up to support the Farm.

Green Party calls for City of Los Angeles to preserve South Central Farm (tags)

Press Release by the Green Party of Los Angeles County

Urgent Action Alert! Actions Against Minutemen/Ted Hayes in Downtown L.A. Sun 5/21! (tags)

Call to Action! - 1) Call City Council/LA Police Commission why they approved the Minutemen's March Permit? 2) Mobilize Activist/Community to Turn the Back on Racist Minutemen on 5/21!

S. Central Farmers' Actions this Week (tags)

The South Central Farmers and their supporters are gearing up for busy week of actions to 'save the farm' . The South Central Farm, at 14-acres, is believed to be the largest urban farm in the U.S., and thrives in one of the poorest areas of the country.

San Bernardino City Council Turns Down Racist Petition (tags)

In a too-close vote, the San Bernardino City Council voted against the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, and turned it over to the voters.

south Central Farmers: MEDIA ADVISORY (tags)

L.A. City Mayor Villaraigosa Fails to Raise Matching Funds to Save 350 Poor Families, in South Central Los Angeles, >From Brentwood Developer

Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Fight to Save the South Central Farm (tags)

Known as the largest urban farm in the country, South Central Farm provides food and sustenance to some of the most underserved residents in Los Angeles. "The farm," says DiCaprio, "holds a remarkable array of biodiversity and, because of its size, functions as a carbon sink, a natural environment that stores more carbon than it releases into the atmosphere, and this helps reduce global warming. We have to start acknowledging that every action counts."

Drive-By Councilman Dennis P. Zine 3rd District (tags)

Dennis P. Zine drunk with police power decides to do a drive by on the South Central Farmers.

Community Response to Mr. Zine (tags)

Community response to the "Angelino of Retribution"

Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis P. Zine does a drive-by in South Central (tags)

An update on the situation due to the late night harassment of the South Central Farm by the Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis P. Zine.

Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis P. Zine does a drive-by in South Central (tags)

This is a rebuttal to Mr. Zine's Press Release.

Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis P. Zine terrorizes South Central Farmers. (tags)

Costa Mesa Police Cheif quits amidst illegal immigration controversy ! (tags)

PD chief denying heat over ordinance was the reason even though timing and previous statements would seem to indicate otherwise.

The neo-Nazi influence in Costa Mesa. Why the city is falling apart. (tags)

Costa Mesa is a microcosm of California. This coastal city has become the epicenter of an immigration issue that threatens to divide our local communities and the nation. Costa Mesa also depicts a vivid portrayal of how radical anti-immigrant groups politicize local governments. Humberto Caspa writes for La Opinion and is an adjunct professor at CSULB.

Minutemen Retreat In Costa Mesa Immigration Battle, Community Organizes (tags)

Jim Gilchrist and his Minutemen proved that they can retreat from battle on a minute's notice by withdrawing Friday night from the front lines of Costa Mesa's immigration war started by Minuteman Mayor, Allan Mansoor.

On the Set of Walkout (a new film debuting on cable TV) (tags)

"In those times, people were energized, and they were more intellectual. People were processors of information, whereas today you don't see a lot of that." -- David Sanchez, former leader, The Brown Berets

How the Weekly Brews a Tempest in a Teapot (tags)

Let me be clear that I know nothing more about the internal workings of the South Central Farm than the L.A. Weekly reported in its March 15 muckraking article, "Bushel of Complaints" by Daniel Hernandez. So I've borrowed those facts and added a somewhat different spin. Here's my version.

Minutemen Take Civics Lesson From ACLU in Costa Mesa (tags)

A tiny portion of Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist's claimed 240 million followers made a surprise showing this Saturday at a Costa Mesa community forum on constitutional rights and immigration law. They were welcomed by Coyotl Tezcalipoca of the Colectivo Tonantzin, which sponsored the event primarily with Costa Mesa's local immigrant population (which has been the target of hate and harassment from the city's Minuteman Junta) in mind, but was happy to discover what it hopes is a new-found interest by the border vigilantes in civilized behavior and basic human rights.

MP3 Audio: South Central Farmers address City Council. (tags)

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Two Farm Stories (tags)

A couple links to important stories.

Why the Farmers Must Win (tags)

In its Saturday editorial, the Los Angeles Times reduced virtually all the civic concerns of the historically neglected South Central to “niceties” and condemned a swath of the district to being a “concrete-and-asphalt” wasteland,“ "a seemingly endless sweep” of “industrial warehouses, packing plants, and junkyards.” It proclaimed that developer Ralph Horowitz must triumph, and the South Central Farm must be razed. The Times was wrong.

Minuteman Mayor's ICE Cracks In Costa Mesa Immigration War (tags)

Reeling from pointed public comments and revealing testimony from police Chief John Hensley, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor tried but failed to silence fellow City Council member Katrina Foley as she attacked his proposal to use police as immigration law eLooking upnforcers under the auspices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Farmers Fight To Win (tags)

Community pressure moves the Farmers cause forward step by step.

Ralph Horowitz, sues 350 poor families from South Central Los Angeles for $729,745.72 (tags)

Brentwood Real Estate Developer, Ralph Horowitz, sues 350 poor families from South Central Los Angeles for $729,745.72.  In an ironic turn, the plaintiff claims the South Central Farmers have abused the legal system.

The South Central Farmers Push, and City Hall Budges (tags)

City Council proves fallow, but the Mayor's office has initiated negotiations to save South Central Farm. The Farmers still have a long row to hoe--they need to raise $7.35M to save the Farm.

Costa Mesa Resident Sues City After His Arrest During Costa Mesa Council Meeting (tags)

ACLU/SC Files Suit After Arrest, Beating of Speaker at Costa Mesa Council Meeting

Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor slammed with federal civil rights lawsuit (tags)

“We filed this lawsuit to help ensure that the Costa Mesa government maintains a forum for all types of discussion and debate and that residents do not fear that if they are opposed to something they will be arrested and beaten for speaking their mind.”

The Farmers Hold Their Ground (tags)

and tell the Mayor and City Council, "Thanks, but no thanks" to private buyers

Plan to Restore Streetcars in Angelino Heights (tags)

"More than 27 other cities across our country have installed similar trolley lines. It's about time that Los Angeles catches up." -- Bruce Lash, president Angelino Heights Trolley Line, Inc.

Pro-Migrant Activists Turn the Tables (tags)

Costa Mesan residents hit their anti-migrant counci member in his pocketbook

Urgent! Protest Costa Mesa Immigrant Bashing Feb 10, 06 (tags)

Councilman enjoys the fruits of immigrant labor at his restaurant business, then exploits them for political profit

Costa Mesa City Prosecutor: Mayor Allan Mansoor "under investigation" (tags)

Dan Peelman, an attorney with Jones and Mayer, a Fullerton-based law firm, and an "independent prosecutor" on contract with the City of Costa Mesa, opened up an investigation Friday into allegations contained within a "letter of complaint" that was filed against Mayor Allan Mansoor with Kimberly Hall Barlow, the City Attorney, on Tuesday, January 17th.

LA suburb prohibits police from work with immigration agents (tags)

LA suburb prohibits police from work with immigration agents

Council minutes show Coyotl was cut off two minutes before 7 pm (tags)

The minutes of the January 3rd meeting of the Costa Mesa City Council were recently posted online by the City Clerk. Not only do they state the meeting began at 6:00 pm, but they record that Mayor Allan Mansoor declared a "recess" at 6:58 pm. This confirms what investigative journalist John Earl, myself, and others have been saying all along: that Mansoor abruptly cut off Coyotl Tezcatlipoca about 40 seconds before his time was up and he did it roughly two minutes before the 7:00 pm "deadline."

View past Costa Mesa City Council meetings online (tags)

Want to see what went on at past Costa Mesa City Council meetings?

Letter of complaint filed against Costa Mesa Mayor (tags)

The following "letter of complaint" was delivered during the public comments section of the Tuesday, January 17, 2006 meeting of the Costa Mesa City Council. It was filed on behalf of the Tonantzin Collective.

Costa mesa City council hears protests of The community (tags)

A week after protestors watch an activist arrested and hurt by police they return to tell the mayor it should have been him that was arrested.

Out of Iraq Forum with Maxine Waters (tags)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 - 7:30 PM Out of Iraq Forum with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

CM Mayor Puts Choke-hold On First Amendment During Immigration Crackdown (tags)

Mayor Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa lets lets Minuteman followers have there say, but cuts off immigrant rights activists.

Protest Costa Mesa City Council 1/17 (tags)

see above

Costa Mesa Mayor Mansoor Enforces Immigration Law But Trashes First Amendment (tags)

Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor believes that America is “a nation of laws.” That’s why, he says, the city’s police should be first in the nation to directly help deport “illegal aliens.” But conduct by Monsoor at two recent Costa Mesa city council meetings–-revealed on video logs from two separate sources–-raises questions about his ability to correctly and impartially uphold the law, including respecting basic First Amendment rights. Recent incidents also demand an examination of the constitutionality of Costa Mesa Municipal Codes related to public speech.

Immigrant Right Supporters Challenge Costa Mesa City Council (tags)

In the picture below, taken from video footage shot by a Minuteman supporter at the Tuesday, January 3, 2006 meeting of the Costa Mesa City Council, Police Chief John Hensley is ordering his men to arrest Coyotl Tezcalipoca for allegedly disrupting a public meeting. The only problem, however, is that a few moments before he made this order, Mayor Allan Mansoor declared twice over the microphones that the meeting was in recess. Did Hensley order his men to make an illegal arrest?

COLLECTIVO TONANTZIN’S RESPONSE TO ARREST OF COYOTL TEZCALIPOCA - TODAY @ 6 pm! (tags)

Collectivo Tonantzin and supporters will hold a press conference to address concerns about the arrest of Coyotl Tezcalipoca and state of affairs in Costa Mesa.

Report, photos of Costa Mesa city council protest (tags)

As people of various views and backgrounds protest the mayor of Costa Mesa, people from SOS(Save Our State), Gilchrist, and Minuteman people show support.

Mexican Activist is Beaten & Brutalized by Costa Mesa PD (tags)

TV Cameras catpure and broadcast footage of Costa Mesa PD beating, dragging, and brutalizing Mexica Activst while speaking out against anti-immigrant policies

Protest against Costa Mesa's Decision to Deputize (tags)

Protest against Costa Mesa's Decision to Deputize Police Officers

Speak Out Against Costa Mesa City Council (tags)

see below

Photos, quick report on protest/march against Costa Mesa police (tags)

Members of A.N.S.W.E.R., Colectivo Tonantzin, S.E.I.U., Anarchists, and more protested and marched in Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa's March to Justice (tags)

Costa Mesans marched and rallied in opposition to the city council's vote to turn the police department into border patrol agents.

Protest Merger of Costa Mesa PD and DHS TODAY (tags)

please see below

March/Protest Against Costa Mesa's Decision to Deputize Police Officers (tags)

See below

The Rocky Files (tags)

Who hired ex-CIA agents to snoop around the city attorney?

Dec. 2 Activists Vow Downtown “Tent City” Will Now Battle Against LA’s Newest Evictions (tags)

Ongoing tent city --starting at LA's City Hall lawn on Dec 2 --to now up the protest ante against LA's new, and raging, low-income evictions.

Report: Screening of The Take/La Toma at the South Central Farm (11-17-05) (tags)

A film about worker-run factories in Argentina parallels the situation at the south central community farm in Los Angeles. Also, is there a solution to the land issue in south central?

Party at the Farm (tags)

The farmers and the community get down so they don't get plowed under.

Concert for the South Central Farm (tags)

Zach de la Rocha, Members of Ozomatli, Quetzal and others join 350 Families in South L.A. to Defend Community Farm Concert to save the community farm @ 41st & Alameda. Nov. 22nd event will mobilize the community in Support of the South Central Farmers

Delgadillo: The Plot Thickens (tags)

Rocky’s office politics may have led to bungling of case against child predator: L.A. Weekly

South Central Farmers Civil Disobedience Training (tags)

2nd Civil Disobedience Training -longer- Friday, 04 November 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2005 For more info (909) 605-3136 10:34 PST JOIN OUR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AGAINST THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, “STRIP-MALL” DEVELOPER RALPH HOROWITZ and THE LOS ANGELES SHERIFFS’ DEPT. Who: The South Central Farmers and Cindy Anderson For more info (909) 605-3136 What: 2nd Civil Disobedience Training When: Nov. 6th 2005, @ 12:00 noon 41st and Alameda

Help save the South Central Farm (tags)

“The protection of the health and the safety of the people; the right of people to produce their means of subsistence" -- Lil' Joe

SOS-Nazi Alliance Exposed (tags)

Save Our State stood proud with swastika flag waving white supremacists at a rally yesterday in Laguna Beach. The group claims not to be racist, but nazi skinheads made up the majority of their contigency at the protest. Please bear that in mind as you read the article below. I will post pictures of the rally within the next few days.

1ST AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS ON VENICE BOARDWALK (final updated & corrected version) (tags)

Complaints Filed with L. A. City Ethics Commission Venice activists Re: City Council's Free Speech Violations on Venice Boardwalk.

South Central Farmers injunction to save community garden is reversed by Court of Appeals- (tags)

On June 30, 2005, the Court of Appeal reversed the Superior Court’s order granting the preliminary injunction. The South Central Farmers Feeding Families have 40 days from June 30 to petition the California Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeal’s ruling. If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, the urban garden will be demolished in about three months. Concerned supporters our community is devastated by this result and we need your support. In the same manner that the Zapatista in Chiapas are being attack so will we. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has already begun to dismantle our leadership through low intensity cointel-pro strategies. We need you all to call and write letters to the following people we have attached.....

1st Amendemtn Violations on Venice Boardwalk (tags)

A Complaint Filed with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission on Wednsday, June 15, 2005 re: Cindy Miscikowski's Breaches

Minuteman Flap Leads to Home Search (tags)

The search for the flashlight angered Dang's attorney, who called it political retaliation for Dang's open criticism of police tactics during the demonstration. "It's seems bizarre," said attorney B. Kwaku Duren.

Baldwin Park counter-demo (tags)

Photos from the counter-demo

Riverside Council Member disses community police commission (tags)

A Riverside City Council member calls the Police Commission a piece of trash, yet no one will put his comment in the written record... Why?

Hell on wheels: pocket bikes face new regs in LA (tags)

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department praised Councilman Dennis Zine as his motion regulating the sale of mini motorcycles - commonly known as “pocket bikes” - gained the final approval of the city council.

Arrest of O22 protester by Santa Ana Police being challenged as unconstitutional (tags)

The case, People of California v. Naui Huitzilopochtli (No. A61170), is currently scheduled to go to trial on the morning of Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-47, Orange County Superior Court, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, California. As many people as possible are being encouraged to attend this trial.

Santa Ana: Oct. 22ndProtester Faces $1000 Fine (tags)

Next City council mtg is this JANUARY 3RD. Please come out and support, since this tireless group of demonstrators could use some support and inspiration from fellow anti-racist, anti-fascist activists.

Rosemead Wal-Mart (tags)

This is a request for coverage, as well as an update on the events.

PowerNomics, The Economic Plan for Empowerment for Black America (tags)

Dr. Claud Anderson, Ed.D, PowerNomics, The Economic Plan to Empower Black America

L.A. Too Confidential: Hahn and Stuckey in a Sticky Situation (tags)

Animal advocates continue to protest Los Angeles Mayor Hahn's appointment of Guerdon H. Stuckey as the General Manager of Animal Services and the city's lack of commitment to the no-kill animal shelter goal.

Third Lawsuit Filed in Fight to Save Historic Raymond Theatre (tags)

Friends of the Raymond Theatre and the Forecast Foundation file new lawsuit against City of Pasadena over proposed project to redevelop Pasadena's Historic Raymond Theatre.

Please Stop Moskowitz (tags)

Dear Friends, Your fax could not only kill two birds of injustice with one stone, it could birth two birds of justice in one nest: It could assist and empower exploited low-income neighborhoods in California.

Help Save the Belmont Graffiti Art Hall of Fame from Developers! (tags)

Currently there is a battle being waged between developers and local grass-roots organizations to preserve the Toluca Subway Tunnel and Belmont Graffiti Art Hall of Fame from becoming a large scale apartment complex. This site has been used in countless films and music videos over the decades.

Terror Threats To Be Used for 2004 Election Tampering (tags)

How a "terror threat" might be used to throw the 2004 elections.

Transgenders: We Ho to March vs. Hate as No Cal Jury Deliberates (tags)

As a jury in Hayward decides the fate of 3 accused in the Transgender "Emmet Till" murder case, West Hollywood anti-hate activists will march Friday evening.

Oingo Boingo to Attend Raymond Theatre Hearing Monday! (tags)

Members of the band Oingo Boingo will be attending May 17 City Council hearing to show their support. A growing number of celebrities are lending their support to save the venerable rock venue from conversation to a condo, retail, office complex. David Lee Roth, Slash (ex- Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver), Jackson Browne, Billy Idol, Carrie Hamilton, W.A.S.P. and many others have lent their help and support.

Get Coke off Our Beach! (tags)

In 1999 the city of Huntington Beach awared a long term monopoly concession to the Coca Cola company in return for millions of dollars and annual payments. But Coke is complicit in the killings of labor organizers and in destroying and polluting water supplies abroad.

President of the Women's Development Bank Visits Los Angeles (tags)

Over 500 people eager for news of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela came to hear Nora Castañeda, President of the Women’s Development Bank, speak on “Venezuela: Creating a Caring Economy” at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

Grassroots Effort to Save Theatre Garners International Support (tags)

Snubbing an imminent appellate court ruling, Raymond Theatre developers choose to “build at their own risk,” moving ahead with a March 15 project Design Review. City officials, expecting record-breaking crowds, change venues for what may be the final hearing in the 16-year battle to save historic Pasadena theatre. Friends of the Raymond Theatre prepare to take legal action to stop demolition, while supporters gear up to block bulldozers if necessary.

Save L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department! (tags)

Action Alert! The Arts as Collateral Damage DON'T LET THE BURGHERS OF LOS ANGELES GRIND THE ARTS INTO MAD-COW HAMBURGER. TAKE ACTION, NOW! Everyone receiving this Email has been positively impacted by The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (CAD). You've attended events funded by CAD; seen art works that would otherwise never have existed; perhaps received a grant to make or present art; benefited by services and art made by organizations funded by CAD; and maybe even fought a good fight with or against them. You have certainly benefited from their efforts.

South Pasadena set to kill coyotes!!! (tags)

The city thinks killing coyotes is the ONLY way! Please tell them you disagree!

Fresno Woman Arrested for Having a Bad Dream (tags)

Denise Martin shared a dream she had with a friend. Her friend told the dream to Martin’s former employer and this led to Martin’s current nightmare.

Civil Liberties Defense Coalition (CLDC) (tags)

EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT For the Los Angeles, CA - City Council Resolution against the USA PATRIOT Act, and related Executive Orders File No. 03-0002-S162 Title USA PATRIOT ACT/REPEAL www.cldc-la.org

Upcoming grocery strike actions from UFCW local 770 (tags)

Upcoming grocery strike actions. These actions are organized or sanctioned by UFCW Local 770. Distribute widely.

LAPD wants to ban ski masks from demonstrators’ wardrobes (tags)

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Long Beach All ages Venue under threat by LBPD (tags)

Long Beach Police AT IT AGAIN!!! (tags)

argh!

Santa Ana Catholic Worker trying to be SHUT DOWN! (tags)

Happy Thanksgiving! We should see what we can do to support them and not let the Catholic Worker get shut down! -Sabrina-

South Gate: Where City Hall's a Mix of Soap Opera and Bad Joke (tags)

Government: Officials are looking into suspected corruption. Council-watchers enjoy 'the meow lady.'

Longshore rallies to Bush: Butt out (tags)

“Contract, Yes! Government intervention, No!” was the message of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the AFL-CIO, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and many mayors at rallies up and down the West Coast, Aug. 12. Thousands took to the streets in protest of a threat by the Bush administration to take over ports militarily in the event that the union decides to strike.

AUDIO CLIP: Argument at City Council between Anarchists and Prosecuter (click to listen) (tags)

Listen to the sound clip at: http://www.raisethefist.com/news/wire/----990537lbcouncilmeeting7402.mp3

Long Beach City Council (tags)

This is a report back from the LB CC meeting, where the city prosecutor made a presentation about the trial of anarchists.

Come to long beach city council tommrow: city council talks about anarchists (tags)

Tommrow at 5pm the long beach city council will have a public agenda item entitled " Update on the prosecution of anarchists" We need to pack the chambers and show resistance to this blatant fascism

Pride Month Perspective: TRANS-UNITY 2002 AND OTHER SUCCESSES INSPIRE TR (tags)

In 2001-2002 the Los Angeles Transgender community achieved new visibility and successes, and overcame some adversity, which should inspire us for the year ahead.

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